The 7 Most Admired People In History

This hub is meant to enrich thought and discussion.

I know that many will disagree with my idea of the 7 most admired people.

No, I have not taken a poll or went with statistics. I have done some research, but this is my impression of the 7 most admired. I would like to hear your idea of the top 7. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this hub and give your thoughts.

I will start at #7 and work up to #1.

This is who I feel are the 7 most admired people in history:

#7 Mother Teresa

President Reagan presenting The Medal of Freedom to Mother Teresa. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties
President Reagan presenting The Medal of Freedom to Mother Teresa. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties | Source

#7

The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

She was best known as Mother Teresa. She was born in 1910 and passed away in 1997.

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who was originally from Albania, but lived the majority of her life in India. Mother Teresa was well known for helping those who others did not want to help. She founded the Missionaries of Charities. The nuns within this organization ran hospices for people who had HIV and Aids, leprosy, and other diseases that people are frightened of.

Mother Teresa followed every and all of the precepts she had vowed to follow when she took the oath to be a nun.

Yes, Mother Teresa had many critics, but she had millions of admirers.

I have just one more thing to say. This may offend some, but I must say it.

Many Christians think the Catholic ways are wrong. I will say that I believe that God will find a little wrong with every religious sect. It is my opinion that Mother Teresa has a very special place in Heaven. If she isn't in Heaven, I don't see any other humans going there.

There, I said it. Now on to #6.

#6 St. Paul

St. Paul writing the epistles. This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.
St. Paul writing the epistles. This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less. | Source

#6

Saul of Tarsus

His name was changed to Paul. If his name would have stayed Saul, I highly doubt he would have been on this list.

Paul met Jesus Christ after Jesus was crucified. Beforehand, Paul hated and tortured, even killed Christians. After realizing Jesus is the Son of God, he turned 180 degrees and was forgiven.

Much of the New Testament of the Holy Bible is written by Paul.

He absolutely deserves this place in the most admired. The Holy Bible is the most printed book in history, and Paul wrote a lot within its pages.

Whether you believe in God or not, if you look at statistics, you have to admit that Paul is one of the most admired people in history.

#5 Confucius

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#5

Confucius

He lived from 551–479 BC.

So why do I say he is one of the most admired?

All those years ago and we all still quote many of his sayings; even more so those who live in China and other oriental countries.

These are some of Confucius' sayings:

"When anger rises, think of the consequences."

"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved."

"Respect yourself and others will respect you."

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

He was very wise. We all can learn much from him.

#4 Martin Luther King

#4

Martin Luther King Jr.

The great Pastor who helped gain civil rights in the United States for African Americans, rightfully deserves this place in this hub.

He had many haters, but many more admirers.

I have studied much of the aspects of who killed Martin Luther King Jr. I must also agree with his wife and children that I do think the Federal Government had involvement. We will probably never know the truth until we see this man in Heaven.

Martin Luther King Jr. Had some great quotes. Here are some:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

King's memory will live on and on.

#3 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

He is known as Mahatma, which means in Sanskrit: High Souled.

He was born in 1869 and assassinated in 1948.

Much like Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi led his people for civil rights and freedom in India. He employed nonviolent protest and disobedience.

It is probably all because of God and Ghandi that India gained independence from Britain.

Yes, Ghandi had many who hated him, but many of those who hated him also respected him. He was admired, and still is by millions, if not billions world wide.

Ghandi also had some timeless quotes. Here are just a few:

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."

Ghandi will live on in the hearts of many forever. All men, women and children can learn from his examples of selfless devotion to humanity.

#2 Moses

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Victory O Lord- A painting of Moses holding his hands up being helped by Aaron and Hur. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923. | Source

#2

Moses

He was born of a Hebrew woman, but raised as an Egyptian. He discovered his roots and led his people to the promised land. Along the way, he met with God and brought us the Ten Commandments.

As earlier in this hub I explained how Paul wrote much of the New Testament of the Bible, Moses wrote much in the start of the Old Testament.

How can we not admire a man who was trusted by God to bring us the Commandments? Are you familiar with the Ten Commandments?

  1. I am the Lord thy God; Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not murder.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not covet.

You may or may not agree with Moses being #2, but consider the amount of humans across the world who read his words, and study his works daily.

Moses is #2; now can you guess who is #1? It should be quite evident.

#1 Jesus Christ

The Last Supper This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.
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#1

Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, The Son of God

Yes, those who are non-believers will probably try to argue this, but I will stick with the fact that Jesus, God in human form, is the #1 most admired human in the world.

Even people who don't believe He was the Son of God will admit He is probably still the #1. Ask many of the Muslim faith, ask many Jewish people, so on and so forth.

Jesus Christ's Words are throughout the first four books of the New Testament. They are great Words to live by, but the most important thing Jesus ever did was to allow Himself to be crucified by (you may think I am going to say the Romans, or the Jews, but the truth is:)

US!

He allowed this to happen, when as God, He could have escaped it.

Why?

To be the sacrifice for all of us.

We are all evil at heart. We are all sinners, but God loved us so much that He came in human form to be the way we could be righteous before Him.

All we must do is accept that He is, He was, and He always will be:

GOD!

These quotes from Jesus are for both you and me:

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that they world might be saved though him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; if you just are not sure where you will go when you die; If you want peace, joy, and everlasting life; I will tell you all you need do is ask. You see, Jesus is alive. Yes, He was crucified by us, but He came back and He lives. He is right there watching you as you read this. He is nudging you to just ask. It is very simple:

Jesus,

Will you please help me? I have lived with the wrong thoughts and deeds, but I want to change. I know now that You are the Son of God and can bring me into eternity with You. This is what I want, and what I am asking You. Please forgive my sins and put my name in the Book of Life.

Thank you my Lord.

In your Name I ask Jesus,

Amen

That was all you needed; I do suggest reading that Bible. You may start in the book of Romans and work from there.

I have two blogs that I manage on the subject, and I have also published a book. All are below. You can subscribe to them, but most of all, I suggest finding a good church and attending.

Jesus loves you and wants the best for you.

Conclusion

This is my assessment of the Top 7 Most Admired Humans.

You may or may not agree, but I do appreciate you reading through and visiting this hub.

I am putting a little poll below on your thoughts. I also seek your comments. Tell me your top 7 if you disagree.

Thank you for reading.

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lions44 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

Nice article. I was trying to think of others who might make it and it was hard. Mandela? I could not think of anyone else from an altruistic perspective. Voted up.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Shoot, I was hoping to crack the top seven. LOLOLOLOL....interesting list, Greg. These are always good for some water cooler debate.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks to both of you. Yes lions44, Mandela was in the running, along with Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Kennedy, Thomas Edison, and Isaac Newton, but it came down to these 7.

Billy, yea my friend, your on the list when I make the top 1,000,000,000 most admired----ROFL. I think more like a coffee debate--when You coming to Puerto Rico my friend?


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Interesting take on the top 7. I totally agree with 1&2 and 6&7. The rest, well, not so much. The trouble is when you start comparing Biblical figures with worldly figures, the two just don't jive. Mother Theresa is an exception, I think. She was so humble and such a servant, and she followed Christ's example. Perhaps, it might be better to have the 7 most admired people in the Bible separate from those in the world.

One more note: when you say "Jesus Christ's Words are throughout the first four books of the New Testament." Yes, they are, but His words are the whole Bible.

I still enjoyed reading your hub and I voted it up!


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks for your input. May God bless you and have a great day.


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GPKyprianides 2 years ago

Great article! I would add Nelson Mandela probably for his courage, determination and patience.


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GPKyprianides 2 years ago

which ended up changing the world.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you for your read.

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